Writing For Professionals Certificate (Online)

Mandatory Courses

Business Report Writing
COMM 58

Learn how to structure written reports from memos to formal presentations in a way that is precise, clear and easy to read. This course is ideal for anyone who finds the report writing demands of the job outstrip their training. Master reports through a series of ten assignments ranging from simple memos to formal reports under the guidance of a professional writer.

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Grammar for Writing Professionals
LANG 28

Gain experience in the editing and proofreading process, recognizing and correcting errors in accordance with accepted Canadian standards. You will also study the importance of working as part of an editing team to help produce acceptable full length manuscripts. You should already possess competent English language skills including basic grammar (or Writing Grammatically - LANG 35).

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Technical Communications
COMM 84

Engage in various technical writing problems that will challenge you to generate practical solutions that are clear, focused and expressed in appropriate language style. Develop the sound thinking and planning skills that are fundamental to communicating successfully in technical fields. In addition, you will conduct online research, collaborate with other learners and format technical information to industry standards using text and graphics on your computer.

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Writing Grammatically
LANG 35

Catch up on the rules of English grammar in a comprehensive, easy-to-follow manner. We will review sentence parts, explain sentence structuring in depth, and conduct a practical review of stylistic conventions in business writing.

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Electives (3 Required)

Business Writing Strategies
COMM 55

Develop practical writing skills using technology for successful communication in business. Learn how to compose business correspondence including emails, memoranda, letters, and reports with a focus on routine, persuasive, and negative messages. We will review grammar and mechanics, and use Powerpoint as part of this course.

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Aug 01, 2014 Nov 07, 2014 05OL 45 hours N/A
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Contemporary Canadian Issues
SOCI 75

Explore how your own hidden assumptions, values, and biases affect your decision making. In this collaborative environment, you will analyze the manipulative techniques used by individuals, vested interest groups and the media. Learn how to identify both false and misleading arguments. In addition, you will write argument papers in which you trace the history of a social/political issue in Canadian society and present arguments, supported by research, that take a stand on the issue.

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Desktop Publishing for Business
COMP 158

Using Microsoft Word, you will learn to combine basic design principles and techniques to produce a variety of printed matter, such as stationery, business cards, posters, newsletters, resumes, and more. This is a practical, hands-on course that will place emphasis on producing real-life, professional materials using specific desktop publishing terminology and document-handling techniques. Software required: Microsoft Word 2007 or 2010.

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Introduction to Non-Fiction
COMM 165

Lean how to determine an idea's marketability in the non-fiction market, target a reading population, gain insight through critical discussions about issues in non-fiction writing, and effectively research a topic or project. You will develop a draft of a professional book proposal/query and several story drafts and learn strategies for marketing yourself and your work effectively.

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Sep 09, 2014 Dec 16, 2014 01OL 39 hours N/A
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Microsoft - Word Specialist
COMP 220

Learn to create, edit, format and print documents. Use paragraph, page and character formatting commands. Create multiple page documents with tables and desktop publishing using MS-Word. Course material covers 2007, 2010 and 2013 versions. Software: Word 2010 or newer. Microsoft Word Expert (advanced) COMP 196 also available. This course is designed for the Windows operating system. Not suitable for MAC users.

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Researching and Reporting
COMM 51

Enhance your communication skills through hands-on application. You will choose examples related to your own career or from sample assignments. Define a problem, collect research using print sources, the Internet, interviews and questionnaires, and present your findings in reports.

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Writing a Business Manual
COMM 86

Discover how to write clear, concise, context-specific descriptive prose that will enable you to produce effective instructions and manuals. A project planning approach to determining sections, headings, page layout and packaging will be examined in terms of audience analysis, the incorporation of visuals and collaborative writing. You will complete a business manual suitable for use as a company handbook of operational policies, responsibilities and procedures.

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Writing a Proposal
COMM 91

This project-based course will systematically guide you through the entire process of producing a proposal. You will describe your chosen topic, produce an initial plan, then create a hierarchical framework of headings, and finally develop a detailed written outline. Paragraph structure, sentence composition, and word choice will also be reviewed to ensure effective writing.

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Writing for Publication I
COMM 71

Examine the publishing process and available opportunities for writers as well as the key elements of major genres. You will follow the various steps of manuscript preparation, from query letter to polished final draft and on to professional submission.

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Writing for Publication II
COMM 74

Discover the publishing process with specific focus on the Canadian magazine trade. You will be encouraged to develop your ideas into acceptable compositions and to approach suitable publishers for your work.

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Writing for Sales Material
COMM 88

Examine the craft of persuasive writing as it applies to sales letters and promotional material. Learn to analyze the logical and rhetorical structure of effective sales material and to apply similar strategies to your own persuasive writing project. The media's use of literary techniques such as allusion and irony are examined. Practice the use of such techniques in persuading target audiences.

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Writing for the Web
COMM 168

Using a practical, hands on approach, examine specific issues and writing techniques for writing for the web such as writing for emphasis and visual impact, the basics of search engine optimization, sourcing images and incorporating multi-media with text. Gain an understanding of the various styles and requirements involved in writing for blogs, online magazines, commercial websites and other text-based web content.

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